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Old Jul 17, 2005, 12:45 PM   #1
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These images were shot at dawn at 320, handheld. While I always use a monopode, in this case I had to lift everything to get these shots.

This hunting is far more typical of the behavior of these Herons than those who hunt bunnies and muskrats.

On the other hand using words like "stalking the game," and "the strike," seem innapropirate...


[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/WORMS1.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/WORMS2.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/WORMS3.JPG[/img]

In the shot below, you would think he swallowed an elephqant and not the worm. But I watched him eat about twenty of these guys within five minutes - so they must taste good. Yumm!

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/WORMS4.JPG[/img]

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Old Jul 17, 2005, 4:42 PM   #2
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Great behavior shots and the light on this bird is really a plus.
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Old Jul 17, 2005, 6:41 PM   #3
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good shots, thats an unusual looking bird
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Old Jul 17, 2005, 9:31 PM   #4
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Brooklyn is the home for most of the Herons in North America. This bird is about two feet high, and is the stockiest of the Heron family.

Their diet varies tremendously, but from years of observation, most go for marine invertabrates, some for fish, some for small mammals. It's rough with a paragraph from a field guide to know that these animals are all individuals. It's only with study and the opportunity for study, that you get to find this out.

The close-up shots I've been posting of one of these guys really breaks the mold. He apparently subsists entirely on small mammals. Thinks he's a hawk...:lol:

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Old Jul 18, 2005, 1:30 AM   #5
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@Dave

Great shots! #2 is the winner for me - wonderful light and a superb DOF! All my tries to get birds while they ate worms ended blurred till now... :angry:so a big applause for you!
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